Training is Resulting in Graduates Finding Employment Within Hudson Valley

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange, in partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and Northeast Gas Association, announces the next session of its New Construction Gas Operator Training program will begin on Feb. 22, 2016.

To be eligible for the orientation, prospective students are asked to take a pre-test on Jan. 26 or 27. Registration for the test is required in advance and seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit

Over the past two years, 55 people have graduated from the program’s first five classes, and approximately 90 percent of the graduates have been offered full-time permanent employment in the industry, many with Precision Pipeline.

Students attend classes that are conducted, in part, at Precision Pipeline’s facility that offers state-of-the-art industry technology. Instructors from Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange provide training in the following areas: pipe joining, meter installation/pipe fitting, leak survey, coating application, joining tracer wire, accident awareness and prevention; as well as competencies, communication and teamwork skills. The program will also offer students the following certifications: first aid/CPR/AED, OSHA 10-Hour, and Construction and Competent Person in Excavation Safety.

Upon successful completion of the two-week program, students exit with the knowledge and experience needed to seek entry into the natural gas industry’s workforce along with a transcript of their NGA operator qualifications.

The program is partially funded by SUNY Orange’s U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) grant and a Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. It is also supported by Orange County’s Workforce Development Board and Veteran’s Services Agency.

“SUNY Orange has become a catalyst to putting many veterans, unemployed and underemployed job seekers to work at steady well-paying jobs,” says Jon Selander, founder and CEO of Precision Pipeline Solutions. “The collaborative partnership between Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange has resulted in qualified individuals supporting PPS’s growth and becoming PPS’s leaders of tomorrow.”

For more information on participant requirements, contact Patricia Kelly, SUNY Orange JIAC grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9021, or Christine Trieste, SUNY Orange TAACCCT grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9718. Information is also available at

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940